The dog days of a hot August summer have been upon us. Some communities already have school beginning, while others are clenching onto the last moments of summer vacation times. Many congregations are trying to gear up for fall ministry programs, while others frantically worry that summer was too short and “What are we planning to do now?” Today’s lessons provide a glimpse as to what faithful people of God do in response to their salvation in this season of Pentecost -- regardless of how numerically successful they are or are not during this last week or so of summer.
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.